Robert McKinley High School Years

Robert McKinley’s High School Years at South Hagerstown High School (“The Rebels”) 1966 to 1970.

Began his first real job in 1967 (age 15) at WHAG AM/FM Radio in Hagerstown, Maryland as technical assistant, news reporter, local sports play-by-play, afternoon disc jockey as “Bobo’s Tempo.” In 1970 he assisted in laying the cables for the new WHAG TV station and was subsequently hired as an engineer, progressing to director, and on-camera talent for local commercials.

The radio and television business was then owned by Warren Adler who later wrote The War of the Roses novel and subsequently becoming a highly successful “dark comedy” movie.

Robert and Warren became very good friends for many years, especially after Robert was struck by lightning while working at WHAG Radio in May 1970. The lightning strike caused more than $500,000 in damages to the station and Robert was hospitalized for ten days.

When Warren met Robert for the first time at the hospital he asked if there was anything he could do. Robert asked for a nice radio and Warren quickly delivered the ultimate “boombox” and a boatload of 8-tracks.

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